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Apple Cider Beermosa | Entertaining tips, party ideas, recipes and more from entertaining blog @cydconverse

Apple Cider Beermosa

Fall is one of my favorite times of year, for all the obvious reasons. The foliage, the crispness to the air, trips to the apple orchard, homemade apple pies and, naturally, apple cider beermosas. A beermosa, if you’re not aware, is kind of like a classic champagne mimosa, only you’re using beer instead of champagne. I also like to add a dash of flavored vodka to really make it good. And, yes, they’re as tasty as they sound. Here’s how I make mine!

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The Sweetest Occasion's Holiday Wine Guide (All Under $25) | Entertaining tips, holiday party ideas, holiday gift ideas and more from @cydconverse

The Sweetest Occasion’s Holiday Wine Guide (All Under $25)

Last year my sister Ash and I sat down before the holidays and came up with The Sweetest Occasion’s first annual holiday wine guide featuring some of our favorite wines, all of which come in at under $25 a bottle. This year we’re back at it again, with an updated wine guide just in time for Thanksgiving! We kept a lot of our old standbys, but freshened up the list with some of the new wines we’ve discovered and grown to love over the last year. We have wines here for just about every holiday occasion whether it be for sipping while binge watching Christmas movies, gifting your mother in-law, mulling with citrus and spices or for pairing with your holiday dinners. Neither of us claims to be a sommelier, we just really love trying and discovering new wines, and we both fully believe that you can get a great bottle of wine for a great price. For what it’s worth, you could gift either of us any of these bottles and we’d be super happy campers! Do you have any favorites to add to the list? Chime in below so I can give them a try!  

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Sparkling Apple Rosé Sangria | Thanksgiving cocktail recipes, entertaining tips, holiday party ideas, fall cocktail recipes and more from @cydconverse

Sparkling Apple Rosé Sangria

While I am definitely one who generally passes up on seasonal coffee concoctions (no offense, pumpkin spice lattes), I am very definitely someone who loves playing with fun seasonal cocktails throughout the year. This time of year in Upstate New York is still prime apple season, not so much for picking them since the season has passed for that, but certainly you can still find loads of fresh local apples. Making an apple sangria seemed like a requirement this year, but I wanted to keep it light and really refreshing so I added lemons and made it with rosé so it’s crisp and fruity and not at all heavy like fall sangria recipes tend to be. Add brandy, triple sec and simple syrup and you’ve got a pretty perfect fall cocktail. It would even be ideal for making up a big batch early in the day on Thanksgiving so your guests can serve themselves while you’re finishing buttering up the mashed potatoes. Want try another great apple cocktail? Give my caramel apple sangria recipe a whirl. It’s one of my all time most popular cocktails!

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Fizzy Spiked Pear Punch Champagne Cocktail | Cocktail recipes, entertaining ideas, party recipes, party ideas and more from @cydconverse

Fizzy Spiked Pear Punch

This post was sponsored by Dr. Oetker Virtuoso Pizza. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that help make The Sweetest Occasion possible! Now that Halloween has come and gone, I will admit that I am swiftly shifting into full-on holiday mode. My sister and brother in-law will be coming home from Florida in a few weeks for Thanksgiving …

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Pumpkin Ale Spiked Cider | Party appetizers, party cocktails, party ideas, party recipes and more from @cydconverse

Pumpkin Ale Spiked Cider

This cocktail recipe was created in collaboration with Dr. Oetker Virtuoso Pizza. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that help make The Sweetest Occasion possible! You’ve probably heard me preach before about pitcher cocktail recipes being the best way to go for parties. It’s true! If you mix up a big pitcher of cocktails before your guests arrive, it …

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Apple Cider Moscow Mules | Cocktail recipes, party ideas, entertaining tips, recipes and more from @cydconverse

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

I promised over the summer when I shared my grapefruit Moscow mule recipe that I was going hard on Moscow mules from basically now until eternity. I’m making good on my word today, with your new favorite drink of fall! An apple cider Moscow mule made with cinnamon sugar, fresh apple cider and ginger beer, …

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Caramel Apple Sangria by @cydconverse

Caramel Apple Sangria

With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, I thought a festive, seasonal drink for the grown-ups seemed only appropriate! Along with my friends at Dr. Oetker, I’m sharing this utterly delectable caramel apple sangria, perfect for hosting a crowd or for enjoying when you get back from canvasing the neighborhood for candy. We live in the best trick or treating neighborhood in the city, so I plan to offer a splash to friends as they drop by with their kiddos. Now that, friends, is my kind of treat!

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Salted Caramel White Russian by @cydconverse

Salted Caramel White Russian

With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away and the holiday season taking on a life of it’s own, I wanted to whip up a special little cocktail so you can sip something really yummy this holiday weekend. So today we’re talking about this little gem, which I’ve dubbed the salted caramel white russian! It’s …

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Butterscotch Spice Pudding Shots

Butterscotch Spice Pudding Shots

It’s been a while since we talked about pudding shots. Lest you should think my obsession has wasted away to nothing, we’re back at it today! This time we’re swapping out summery flavors for the perfect fall seasonal pairing of butterscotch and spice. Add in ginger snap crumbs and you really can’t go wrong here. …

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